This thread has been inspired by things I have observed in a current campaign. It doesn’t matter which side I’m on, so I’ll keep my observations generic. This was going to be a GD, but I want to swear.
What I have seen is repeated, intentional, borderline slanderous attacks on Candidate A by Candidate B and his “camp” that are at best irrelevant and at worst factually incorrect. I’m sure it’s not the first time in our great nation’s history that this has happened. My initial reaction is fear that the gullible or prejudiced among us believe these attacks, and will therefore vote for Candidate B based on a false (but easily debunkable) impression of Candidate A. However, lately I’ve tended to reason that if people are stupid enough to believe this crap, then it’s their problem if they vote for someone whose platform consists primarily of various ways to fuck them over.
Is it possible that our political woes are a direct result of us being a nation of lazy, credulous dumbasses? I don’t want to believe it. But I look around at the horse-drop that travels under the banner of “news” and I become pessimistic. Supposing there are 150 million voters out there, and based on recent polls, probably 50 million of them are stupid fucks, how many more stupid fucks can we as a nation tolerate before we hurtle irretrievably toward a grisly, Darwinian fate? I think it’ll take just a couple of thousand more shitheads to form a critical mass that will push us over some stability limit and down history’s toilet bowl.